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Offline JMTRD6

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Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« on: June 17, 2013, 08:36:39 PM »
So, I am currently working in Colorado and my wife and son are living in Oklahoma due to elevation related pregnancy complications.  I got a call yesterday (Father's Day) that our Beagle, Charlie, had been crying in pain for the last several days and nights.  He has been suffering from ongoing issues with his back and I couldn't let him suffer any longer, so the decision was made to have him "put to sleep".  Many years ago, I thought that I would never have children, but the desire within me was strong.  I found comfort in the idea that I could experience unconditional love (as a parent and child would) with pets, so I went to a breeder and hand picked the perfect little Beagle.  He taught me all there is to know about unconditional love over the last 10 years, and I couldn't be more grateful.  Unfortunately, I am feeling a great amount of guilt for not being there for him during his final days.  I still remember him trying to get in my 4Runner with me when I was packing my bags to leave for Colorado.  I told him that I wouldn't forget about him and that I would be back for him.  Luckily, my wife was an angel and showed him a great amount of love and compassion, but she had to do it by herself, for which I also feel guilt.  Last, but certainly not least, my son has been crying for the last 2 days; he and Charlie had become the best of friends.  He is also an animal lover, which earned him the baptismal name of (St.) Kevin.  Without rambling on anymore, this has been a painful couple of days for my family and we would greatly appreciate your prayers.  I don't know what the afterlife holds for animals, but I hope and pray that Charlie is with St. Kevin right now and that he understands the circumstances leading to my absence in his time of need.  Lord, have mercy!

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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2013, 09:24:18 PM »
O God, Creator of the Earth and of its creatures, have mercy on JMTRD6 and his family at this sad time, and always.

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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2013, 09:27:01 PM »
Lord have mercy!
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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2013, 10:15:57 PM »
Lord, have mercy on them all.
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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 10:58:34 PM »

Lord, have mercy and grant healing and comfort to those who mourn.

I'm sorry for your loss.
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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 11:03:48 PM »
The same God who created us also created the animals.  LORD haver mercy!

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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 11:06:02 PM »
Oh no, I'm so sorry!  :'(

Prayers for you & your family - and Charlie.
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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2013, 11:07:36 PM »
Lord have mercy. I lost my beagle as well this year. Take care.
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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2013, 11:12:28 PM »
Thank you for the prayers.  I feel like there is a part of me that is missing tonight, but there is comfort to be found in prayer (and asking for prayer).  I'm sorry to hear about your Beagle, Opus118, I will remember you in my evening prayers.  We can learn so much from the innocent love that our pets offer to us so unconditionally.  I was able to talk to Charlie over the phone while he and my wife were waiting on the vet; I thanked him for teaching me about unconditional love and for making me a better father and husband.  I hope to be reunited with him in the age to come.

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Re: Had to put my Beagle to sleep...
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2013, 11:14:19 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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